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The Seattle Seahawks have plenty of opportunities to play spoiler throughout next season.

Even if the Seattle Seahawks are not expected to do much this fall, they will have their fair share of chances to upset favored teams.

While the future betting lines will be what determines if a Seahawks victory counts as an upset or not, this team has too much pride to win something like four games under future hall of fame head coach Pete Carroll.

The on-field talent may not be there as in the past, but the Seahawks are certainly capable of winning a handful of games they probably should not. Who is getting upset?

Here are three games on the Seahawks’ 2022 season schedule that they could play spoiler in.

Seattle Seahawks: 3 potential upset victories that could be had this season3. Week 15: vs. San Francisco 49ers (Thursday, Dec. 15)

Though some critics of the Seahawks may argue that they could go 0-for in NFC West play, that is not happening. In fact, they should be able to win a game or two in the division fairly easily. Not to say the Seahawks will knock off the Los Angeles Rams on either occasion, but things are lining up favorably for them to possibly knock off the San Francisco 49ers in the latter part of the season.

This will be a Thursday Night Football game at Lumen Field, meaning a quick turnaround for both teams. Even if Carroll has the weaker roster, the Seahawks also face the weaker of the two opponents the week prior. Seattle hosts the rebuilding Carolina Panthers, while the 49ers host the NFC South favorite Tampa Bay Buccaneers. How sure are we the 49ers will not overlook Seattle?

Not only that, but San Francisco is a team with great variance next year. With them expected to move off Jimmy Garoppolo in favor of Trey Lance, who is to say the second-year pro out of North Dakota State can hold a candle to their former starting quarterback? In short, San Francisco is a prime candidate for regression among teams that made the playoffs last season out of the NFC.

A road favorite on a short week in a potential letdown game is a terrific opportunity for Seattle.

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High School Sports | High schools: Top seeds Foothill, Clayton Valley survive upset bids in NCS baseball playoffs

NCS baseball

Division I

No. 1 Foothill, No. 2 Clayton Valley rally late

The top two seeds in the North Coast Section Division I baseball playoffs found themselves in an identically tense spot as they came to bat in the home half of the sixth inning Tuesday.

With six outs potentially left in their season, both trailed double-digit seeded opponents in their opening-round games.

Then, just like that, both rallied.

Top-seeded Foothill scored five in the sixth to defeat No. 16 seed Monte Vista 6-2. No. 2 seed Clayton Valley Charter scored four in the sixth and held off No. 15 seed Dublin 5-3.

Monte Vista had scored a run in the fourth and another in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead. Dublin also led 2-1 in the sixth after it scored in the top half of that frame to break a 1-1 tie.

Gabe DeBenedetto had two hits and two RBIs and Nick Walsh drove in two runs for Foothill.

Leighton Helfrick and Carl Rice each had two RBIs for Clayton Valley.

Foothill (23-4) will play host to Heritage and Clayton Valley (21-4) will be at home to face Liberty in the quarterfinals on Friday.


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No. 3 De La Salle 10, No. 14 Freedom 3

De La Salle spotted Freedom two runs in the visitor’s half of the first inning and then took command on its way to an opening-round victory at home in Concord.

The win was De La Salle’s 17th in a row in the NCS playoffs dating to a loss to College Park in the 2015 Division I final. The Spartans won four consecutive section titles from 2016 to 2019. There were no NCS playoffs the past two years because of the pandemic.

Donovan Chriss and Cade Cushing each knocked in two runs and Chriss allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings as De La Salle advanced to the quarterfinals Friday at home against San Ramon Valley.

De La Salle has won two of the three games this season against SRV, including a 10-9 nine-inning comeback victory in the East Bay Athletic League semifinals last week.

No. 12 Granada 3, No. 5 College Park 2

Joshua Morano stuck out seven in five innings as Granada went on the road and upset College Park.

Morano and Colin Johnston each knocked in a run and Gio Costello got the save for the Matadors (16-10).

Peter De Wit and Jacob Courtney had an RBI apiece for College Park, which finished 16-9.

Granada will visit California on Friday. California beat Granada 1-0 this spring in East Bay Athletic League play.

No. 6 San Ramon Valley 7, No. 11 Pittsburg 5

San Ramon Valley rallied with two outs in the visitor’s half of the sixth inning, scoring two runs to break a 5-5 tie and beat Pittsburg in a first-round game.

UC Santa Barbara-bound Blake Jacobs roped a single to right-center field to score Chase Salisbury for the game-winning run. In the next at-bat, Luke Baker brought in Jacobs on a double to make it 7-5.

San Ramon Valley (16-10) will play at De La Salle on Friday.

Pittsburg finished 19-9.

No. 7 Liberty 3, No. 10 Acalanes 2

Liberty’s Michael Baker hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the home half of the fifth inning to lift the Lions to a first-round victory over Acalanes.

David Roberts pitched a complete game and struck out five for Liberty, which advances to play at second-seeded Clayton Valley on Friday.

Jack Cusumano and Dante Montgomery each knocked in a run for Acalanes (15-10).

No. 9 Heritage 10, No. 8 Berkeley 0 (5 innings)

Heritage scored nine runs in the first inning on the road and rolled past Berkeley in an opening-round game.

Anthony Potestio hit a home run and a triple and knocked in three runs and Landon Marchetti and Bryce Liechty held Berkeley to two hits.

Heritage (16-10) advances to play at top seed Foothill on Friday.

Berkeley finished 19-7.

Division III

No. 2 Bishop O’Dowd 8, No. 15 Sonoma Valley 3

Bishop O’Dowd, playing at Laney College in Oakland, broke a 2-2 tie by scoring six runs in the fourth inning and beat Sonoma Valley in a first-round game.

Jacob Anteneh had three hits and two RBIs, Cole Pugsley knocked in two runs and Jonathan Schnoebelen struck out five in two innings.

Bishop O’Dowd (17-9) will host San Marin on Friday at Laney College.

Sonoma Valley finished 10-15.

Division V

No. 1 Berean Christian 20, No. 16 Upper Lake 0 (5 innings)

Tom Reed, Griffin DeRusso and Ivver Vertulfo threw a combined no-hitter in Berean Christian’s shutout win against visiting Upper Lake.

The Eagles scored 13 runs in the second inning. Luke Meyer went 3 for 4 with two doubles and four RBIs and Sebastian Gonzalez had three hits and scored four runs.

Berean Christian (16-9) will host The Bay School on Friday at Concord High School.

Upper Lake finished 7-8.

NCS softball

Division II

No. 1 Livermore 11, No. 16 Ukiah 0 (5 innings)

Livermore overpowered visiting Ukiah as Taylor Rodriguez pitched a perfect game with 14 strikeouts and Jae Cosgriff went 4 for 4 with two homers and seven RBIs to lead the way.

Jori Wilkendorf also homered for Livermore (23-3-1).

The Cowboys scored two runs in the first, second and third innings and ended it with five in the home half of the fifth against the 16th seeded

Ukiah finished 16-9.

No. 2 Benicia 17, No. 15 Las Lomas 1

Benicia scored 13 runs in the first two innings in a dominant first-round victory over visiting Las Lomas. 

The Panthers had 15 hits, allowed three hits and improved to 19-6.

Las Lomas finished 16-7.

Benicia will host Alhambra on Friday. The Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division members played twice this spring, with Benicia winning both games.

Boys golf

CCS championships

Lynbrook senior Anton Ouyang shot a 1-under-par 70 to edge Serra junior William Walsh by a stroke to capture the Central Coast Section boys golf championship on Tuesday at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch.

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Crystal Springs Uplands (377) won the team title, with Lynbrook (382) finishing second and Stevenson (389) placing third.

The top three teams and four individuals from not those teams advance to Monday’s California Interscholastic Federation Northern California regional at Berkeley Country Club.

Walsh, Serra’s Trevor Moquin (72) and Monta Vista’s Calvin Kong (73) and Ethan Lien (73) also moved on.

Ouyang is bound for Stanford.

Walsh, son of Serra football coach Patrick Walsh, is committed to Pepperdine.

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